Date: November 08, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
India will lock horns with Namibia in the final Super 12 Group match of the T20 World Cup 2021 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. After back to back losses against Pakistan and New Zealand, India bounced back in style with comprehensive victories over Afghanistan and Scotland. Meanwhile, Namibia will aim to register their first points on Monday with an improved show.
Head to Head:
The two sides have never faced each other in T20Is before.
Toss has played a crucial role in Dubai during the World Cup so far, with sides batting second getting a clear advantage with dew on field. With a total of 130-140 not proving to be competitive enough, the side batting first might look to go beyond 150-run mark to give themselves a good chance. Scoring runs has not been so easy in the middle overs. Pacers and spinners are expected to get some assistance from this pitch.
India were underwhelming in their first 2 games of the tournament against Pakistan and New Zealand, which made them dependent on other results in the group. However, after those two matches, Indian team have been absolutely unstoppable as they thrashed Afghanistan and Scotland. But it can also be said that Afghanistan and Scotland are a notch below than the likes of top teams like Pakistan and New Zealand.
The Indian team will be eager to continue their winning run here and would want to produce another dominant performance. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have regained their form and have provided explosive start. The bowling department has also looked settled and the Indian bowlers will be a real handful for Namibian batters to deal with.
Namibia could only get to 111/7 against New Zealand in their last match. Opener Michael van Lingen top-scored with 25 runs while Stephan Baard and Zane Green also got 20+ scores. But the other batters failed to get going. Their lower-order needs to perform better if they want to challenge the top teams. Namibia's hopes for this match will rest on all-rounders Craig Williams, Gerhard Erasmus, David Wiese, JJ Smit and Jan Frylinck, all of whom have plenty of experience of playing at the top level.
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
Gerhard Erasmus (c), Stephen Baard, Karl Birkenstock. Michau du Preez, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Nicol Lofie-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams, Picky Ya France
Both teams will be eager to put in a good performance here. India definitely have the higher experience and possess better skill-sets among the two teams. Team India is expected to win this game comfortably. However, they will have to be at their best as Namibians will be no pushovers.
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